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Subcategory:Big Cats
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Keywords:African Leopard, Big cats, Hwange National Park, Jeremy Smith,, Nyamandhlovu platform, Panthera pardus pardus, Zimbabwe
Photo Info

Dimensions3693 x 2585
Original file size3.42 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken7-Dec-17 08:00
Date modified8-Dec-17 12:35
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length600 mm
Focal length (35mm)600 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/640 at f/4
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
African Leopard, Panthera pardus pardus, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

African Leopard, Panthera pardus pardus, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

I had stopped my vehicle to take some pictures of a Slender Mongoose that was standing upright staring into the bushes beside the road. The Mongoose started running rapidly toward the car and disappeared underneath it. To my pleasant surprise this female African Leopard stepped into the road and what followed was beyond anything I ever expected to see or photograph. This is the first Leopard I've actually seen in Hwange National Park and have visited there many times. The irony of it is that this was just off the main road through the park just before the main wildlife viewing platform at Nyamandhlovu Pan. I will never forget this.